Okon-Aku community in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State has said that the Senator Representing Abia North Senatorial District, Orji Uzor Kalu wiped away their tears when he was governor by constructing the Okon-Aku Ohafia road.
The community expressed their “greatest gratitude” to the former governor for wiping away their tears during a town hall meeting with him.
The President General of Okon-Aku Development Union, Dr. Kalu MC. Umeh regretted that all efforts by the community to get previous governments before Kalu’s administration to construct the road yielded no result until Kalu arrived in 1999, saying that “they only used our road as a campaign tool”.
Speaking earlier, Kalu enumerated the list of projects executed for the community as captured in the 2019-2021 appropriation bill. Accenting on public utility, he mentioned that he will rehabilitate the now abandoned Asaga, Ndi Ibe, Amuma, Amangwu, Okon roads which was constructed under his administration as governor 23 years ago.
According to Kalu, the town hall meeting was to engage the community on their basic needs and give a report to the people on his activities as their senator. The need to foster peace and eschew violence was also stressed by the Abia-North senator.
He said: “I embarked on this tour to meet and to also know how you are faring with regards to what I have been able to do for you people. We must strive to live in peace and we can achieve that by forgiving one another. Violence does not pay, we have more to gain when we live in peace and it’s the duty of everyone regardless of age or status to ensure that we achieve peace in our various communities.”
Kalu was accompanied to the town hall meeting by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe; Commissioner Public Complaints Commission, Dr. Maduka Ukaegbu; Former Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Arua Arunsi amongst others.